The definition of a diploma is an official certificate given to a student who has obtained a degree, graduated from a particular course of study or has been granted honors.(noun)
An example of a diploma is the certificate given to students at their high school graduation ceremony.
See diploma in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. diplomas
Origin: L, state letter of recommendation < Gr diplōma, folded letter < diploun, to double < diploos, double
See diploma in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin diplōma, letter of introduction
Origin: , from Greek, document, folded paper
Origin: , from diplous, double; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
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